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 urlview(1)                                                       urlview(1)

      urlview - URL extractor/launcher

      urlview filename [ filename ... ]

      urlview is a screen oriented program for extracting URLs from text
      files and displaying a menu from which you may launch a command to
      view a specific item.

      urlview attempts to read ~/.urlview upon startup.  If this file
      doesn't exist, it will try to read a system wide file in
      /etc/urlview.conf.  There are two configuration commands (order does
      not matter):

      REGEXP regexp
           urlview uses a regular expression to extract URLs from the
           specified text files.  \r, \t, \n and \f are all converted to
           their normal printf(3) meanings.  The default REGEXP is:

      (((https?|ftp|gopher)://|(mailto|file|news):)[^' <>"]+|(www|web|w3).[-a-z0-9.]+)[^' .,;<>"):]

      COMMAND command
           If the specified command contains a %s, it will be subsituted
           with the URL that was requested, otherwise the URL is appended to
           the COMMAND string.  The default COMMAND is:


      Note: You should never put single quotes around the %s.  urlview does
      this for you, and also makes sure that single quotes eventually
      showing up inside the URL are handled properly.  (Note that this
      shouldn't happen with the default regular expression, which explicitly
      excludes single quotes.)

           system-wide urlview configuration file

           urlview configuration file

      printf(3), regcomp(3), regex(7)

      Michael Elkins <>.

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 urlview(1)                                                       urlview(1)

      Modified for Debian by Luis Francisco Gonzalez <>.

      Modified for SuSE by Dr. Werner Fink <> and Stepan Kasal

      Changes put together by Thomas Roessler <>.

                                    - 2 -           Formatted:  July 4, 2022